What Wed Like to See from Google Before 2009 - Seventh Thing

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-08-22 Print this article Print

What We'd Like to See
from Google Before 2009

7. Upgrade Search

There are a number of startups focusing on more social search or even deep Web search. Wikia, Powerset (acquired by Microsoft) and Cuil are differentiating from Google. These sites are far from eating Google's lunch; most are lucky if they can afford to buy lunch. But Google could learn a thing or two about getting better at helping people find stuff beyond just the surface. Universal Search is fine, but Google can do more to retain and increase its 70 percent market share.

Can Google equal or surpass the $17.6 billion or so it earned in online advertising in 2007? That remains to be seen, as do several other things as Google hurtles forward in high-tech for the last four months of the year. In 2007, the company added some more irons to the fire with Android and OpenSocial, both of which should bear some fruit this year. But it's also lost key team members to rival Facebook. Here's what we'd like to see from Google before the New Year.

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